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Is Training Relevant?

As the economy continues to to be propped up on the shakiest of foundations, many employers are having to make decisions about where to invest their revenue.  Is it best placed in inventory as a hedge against inflation so that product components are purchased at a lower cost and able to be sold at a […] [Read More]

Exporting for Small Business

One of the concerns that companies have as they look to expand their business is overcoming the complexities of exporting products internationally.  There are many concerns that can trip up a growing company  – as well as literally a world of opportunity. The Ways to Approach Exporting Sell products to someone domestically who then assumes […] [Read More]
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BI and Sales

Sales has evolved over the years to require far more sophistication and insight to ensure success than the Arthur Miller character, Willy Loman, in “Death of a Salesman.” Now, the decision support tools, analytic capabilities, ability to create “ad hoc” presentations to meet unique customer requirements must exist and support sales initiatives.  The requirements to […] [Read More]

Social Media and Small Business Part 2

In last week’s post, the first part of this article was published.  You can see that article by clicking on 1 or just scrolling down to the prior article.  The continuation of the interview appears below: 3.       What are some of the caveats or “watch-outs” to be aware of in using social media (whether it is […] [Read More]

Social Media and Small Business Part 1

One of the first articles ever published as part of this blog was a spotlight on a local business that was just being formed.  That business, Gumdrop Swap has succeeded and grown from those inspiring start-up days.  Now, years later – the proprietor, Gabby F. has become somewhat expert in the use of Social Media.  […] [Read More]

Source and Select For Success

As the economy slowly seems to be turning more positive and companies are tentatively considering returning to hiring the staff that they have had to do without over the last few years; there is renewed attention being paid to how to go about securing the best candidates for job openings.  However, approaching this important decision […] [Read More]

Presentation Strategy

It is part of almost any sales cycle that is beyond a “self-serve” purchase. With the exception of certain retail sales where the customer or shopper is expert enough to determine his/her needs alone and decide on the best product fit to accomplish the goal, a sales person will be involved. During that involvement, there […] [Read More]

Creating a Marketing Strategy

At the core of every business are certain fundamentals. Among them are the ability to produce a product or service, deliver it to a customer, and collect payment on it. However, without the competence to link prospects and customers to the business; there isn’t any ability to engage in the other competencies. That ability – […] [Read More]

Consultation on Consulting

Being known or introduced as a consultant often leads to one of two reactions.  The first is people assume I am between jobs or unemployed and then quickly excuse themselves to go refill their drink glass.  The other response is the pursuit of “free advice” under the guise of being curious or making conversation. One […] [Read More]

The Pluses and Minuses of Interns

This is the time of the year when a corporate version of speed dating occurs. Students pursuing various professional degrees begin looking for career relevant opportunities while at the same time many college-aged students are being wooed by companies seeking temporary assistance.  The pursuit and capture of interns and internships kicks into high gear as […] [Read More]